McGuinty government provides $100,000 grant for Toronto's "Winter City" festivities

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McGuinty government provides $100,000 grant for Toronto's "Winter City" festivities

TORONTO, Feb. 12 - The provincial government is providing a $100,000 partnership grant for the City of Toronto to assist with the ongoing 'Winter City' festival of activities and events, Tourism and Recreation Minister Jim Bradley announced today. Bradley made the announcement today at the 11th annual 'Special Events and Attractions' luncheon hosted by the Holiday Inn on King in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. The event was attended by 400 stakeholders who represent the various tourism attractions throughout the City of Toronto. "We hope this event will grow to become an annual major tourist attraction in itself," Bradley stated to luncheon guest Mayor David Miller. "It is great to have a fun festival for both city-dwellers and visitors alike during this slower, snowier time of year." The funds were made available through the Ministry's Tourism Recovery Office that was formed to assist the marketing ventures of various tourism operations throughout the province. "Our goal is to showcase Ontario events and attractions to a world-wide audience," said Bradley, who congratulated the audience for their dedicated and aggressive marketing campaigns during the past year. Bradley recently announced a new $30 million marketing program from the Ontario government. The six-month initiative is designed for marketing ventures to assist and help revitalize Ontario's tourism industry. Disponible en fran├žais www.tourism.gov.on.ca www.ontariotravel.netFor further information: Jim McPeak, Ministry of Tourism, (416) 314-3497; Wayne Beaton, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400